Ah, Clueless. The 1995 coming of age teen, comedy, romance? Loosely, very loosely based on Jane Austen's novel Emma. The movie was set in Beverly Hills and stars Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Britney Murphy, and *drumroll* Stacy Dash. While all of these actors and actresses have gone on to have I guess you could say successful careers (Paul Rudd was in Ant-Man by the way), Stacy Dash has had the most interesting career. Starring and appearing in various roles on shows such as, The Game and Single Ladies, she now makes guest appearances on Fox and Friends.
Oh yes, Fox and Friends. Fox and Friends is Fox News morning segment airing from 6 am - 9 am with Steve Doocy. Unsurprisingly like most of Fox News programs, Fox and Friends is conservative leaning and is known for its rants and attacks against President Obama.
Last Wednesday, January 20th, Stacy Dash appeared on Fox and Friends and discussed the recent backlash against the Oscars. While discussing this Stacy Dash decided to state her opinion in which she said,"We have to make up our minds, either we want to have segregation or integration,” Dash said. “If we don’t want segregation then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards, where you are only awarded if you are black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms, it’s a double standard. There shouldn't be a Black History Month. You know? We're Americans. Period. That's it.”
Woo. That's a mouth full Stacy Dash, but also, pump your brakes.
Segregation? Integration? I could have sworn it was 2016, not 1960. When was the last time you heard these terms besides history class? I mean really heard the terms segregation or integration being used when regarding the black community in 2016?
Exactly there hasn't been one because racial segregation was abolished in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Which was 52 years ago.
Now let's discuss the bigger problem with what Stacy Dash said besides her using the terms segregation and integration because honestly that just sounds like Stacy Dash is stuck in the past and I refuse to get stuck there with her. The problem with what she said is she focused only on black networks and black holidays, basically, anything dealing with black people. Take a look at her examples she uses the NAACP Image Awards, BET Network and Black History Month which are all geared towards the Black community.
Oh, Stacy Dash why do you hate the black community so much? Or have you forgotten you are also a part of the black community as you are black and that you did play a role on a television show *whispers* The Game, which was owned by BET Network. You know that same network you despise so much.
Why only focus on BET Network? What about Logo tv which is aimed towards the LGBTQIA+ community or WEtv which is geared towards women. There's TBN Salsa, Telemundo, and Univision which is aimed at Hispanic Americans. But none of these television networks were named, it was just BET Network. These networks do not exist to please Stacy Dash they exist because they are aimed towards minority groups. Minority groups is a term referring to a smaller category of individuals which differentiate from the social majority. Most of the time these minority groups do not hold positions of power, they are not the overly represented group which is where television networks and award shows aimed at their communities come in. In the simplest of terms, representation matters.
Lastly, the statement Stacy Dash said towards the end of her outdated rant completely missed what the hashtag #Oscarssowhite is truly trying to bring visibility towards. Once again, in 2016 much like in 2015, films with racially diverse or predominantly black actors and actresses were once again overlooked. In 2015, Selma was overlooked, but this year, even more, films were overlooked. These are films that dominated not only the box office but also got high marks from many critics. Films such as Straight Outta Compton (link to a post I wrote about the film here) Beasts of No Nation, Creed, The Hateful Eight, but also The Force Awakens. It is not a matter of black people needing to make up their minds, it is a matter of us being able to be recognized for our achievements. In the movies listed above the actors and actresses of color did amazing jobs and they should be recognized for such work as white people are recognized time and time again.
If I do say so myself it seems as though the Oscars need to make up their mind, either segregation or integration.